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A startup out of Emerson College wants to give entrepreneurial educations to low-income women in Boston.

The consulting firm, called HerLaunch, will provide access to business resources and mentorship in a four-month program to help women launch their own ventures. Founder Manisha Tolani won first place with the idea at Emerson’s 10th annual E3 Expo last week.More →

Students hoping to improve fertility treatments and keep food from spoiling while it’s being shipped were among the winners of the Harvard Innovation Lab’s annual Deans’ Challenge competition.

The challenge asks teams of students to submit proposals that might solve specific issues within categories chosen by the university: cultural entrepreneurship, health and life sciences, innovation in sports, and food systems.More →

Do you have what it takes to be a US senator — even just for a day? In the month since the Edward M. Kennedy Institute opened to the public, several thousand Massachusetts middle and high school students have had the chance to find out.

The Institute’s Senate Immersion Module, or SIM, combines live action role-play with tablet-based technology to mirror the Senate’s daily routines, seeking to inspire the next generation to engage in civic life and participatory democracy.More →

Legendary venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers was cleared of any wrongdoing in last week’s sensational trial alleging gender discrimination against Ellen Pao, a former member of the firm.

But there’s no question that the venture capital world suffers from a lack of diversity — a situation that persists even though researchers at the country’s top business schools have shown it’s bad for business, which should be the bottom line for any investor.More →

Contributed piece from Ali Rafieymehr, of Manchester, New Hampshire-based Dyn, on a recent program to give local college students hand-on tech experience.

The tech industry has a unique crisis on its hands. While more and more startups are popping up across the United States, the number of qualified students fit for those jobs is decreasing. Computer science student participation at the high school level is decreasing. More →